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Keriya in China

Keriya

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
800 Uyghur Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Keriya in China

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Identity
The Keriya have been officially counted as part of the Uygur nationality in China. Although they now speak Uygur as their own language, they claim to be descended from the Gug tribe who fled into the desert centuries ago to escape the attacking Ladakhis from Kashmir.

History
After they were attacked by the Ladakhis, "a small number of Gug people crossed the Kunlun Mountains and settled in the Keriya River valley, where they reclaimed land, hunted and herded animals and lived a self-sufficient life until today." The Keriya live on the ruins of the ancient city of Keladun, which is now buried beneath the sand. Archaeologists have found items of pottery dated from the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220). Ruins of twenty similar cities are found throughout the desert. The Keriya people were first "discovered" by Swedish explorer Svan Anders von Hedin in 1896 after he had traveled 12 days into the desert, following the Keriya River. It recently dried up after a sudden change in course and can no longer be followed.

Customs
The Keriya live in widely scattered communities. When there is a wedding or other celebration, "the invitation is written on a slip of paper and passed from family to family, which usually takes a fortnight to do the rounds." Most Keriya families herd goats and sheep. Many also raise camels, horses, and donkeys. Mutton pancakes, called somitikubaxi, are the main staple of the Keriya's diet.

Religion
The Keriya have embraced the Sunni Islamic beliefs of most of the people groups in Xinjiang. They do not have their own mosques but are careful to observe all Muslim rules and regulations.

Christianity
The hidden Keriya people have never heard the gospel. They present a significant physical challenge for any would-be evangelist who must venture deep into the awesome and hostile Taklimakan Desert to reach these precious souls. Taklimakan is a Turkic word which means "many go in, but few come out." Summer temperatures in the area frequently rise to over 50° Celsius (122°F).

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Country: China
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Northeast
Persecution Rank:27 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Approximately 100 families of the Keriya tribe live "at the southeastern edge of the great Taklimakan Desert… in a green corridor that extends sporadically into the depths of the desert." The largest Keriya community is Tangzubast Village, about 300 kilometers (185 mi.) north of the town of Yutian, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Tangzubast has been placed under the jurisdiction of Liuabuyi Township in Yutian County. The only way for travelers to visit the area is to follow the dry Keriya River bed north, as there are no roads.
(Source: Operation China, 2000)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Keriya
People Name General: Keriya
Alternate People Names:
Keriya Uygurs
ROP3 Code: 114134
Joshua Project People ID: 18520
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 800
Population all Countries: 800
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Uyghur
People Name General: Keriya
Ethnic Code: MSY41z
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Language
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Primary Language: Uyghur (800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): uig    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1898-1995
New Testament:
1914-2005Audio
Complete Bible: 1950
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Audio RecordingsXush Hewer Uyghur audio Bible
Film / VideoBeware!
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Uyghur
Film / VideoMore Than Dreams-Ali
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: ھازىرقى زامام ئۇي ...
Text / Printed MatterMuqeddes Kitab
Text / Printed MatterUyghurche Muqeddes Kitab Jemiyiti
 
 
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